for the emoji fans [love your curls]

Monday, November 23, 2015

I am a curly girl.  I have big messy curly hair and I love it!  I have spent so much of my life trying tame the curls but there comes a point where you just have to embrace them.  Sure I'll flat iron my hair from time to time, but 90% of the time I let my curls go.  Plus, being a curly girl is almost like being in a special elite club.  Only curly girls will understand...

Dove Hair has put out an awesome emoji keyboard for us curly girls!  74% of people use emojis every day and they are seriously lacking in representing curly girls.  Straight hair remains the "one size fits all" hair type for women in the current emojis.  Dove Hair is working to fix that.  Not only did they release the "Dove Love Your Curls" emojis, they're partnering with Twitter!  Every time you share a #LoveYourCurls moment on Twitter, a custom Dove Love Your Curls emoji curly girl will appear in the tweet!

I'm a huge fan of the new Dove Hair Quench Absolute line for curly coarse hair.  It adds the moisture I need to keep my curls from going crazy frizzy, especially this time of year as we start running the heater in our homes.  I think that is definitely worth sharing a #LoveYourCurls moment on Twitter!

I'm loving the Love Your Curls emoji keyboard by Dove Hair.  You MUST check it out!  There's such a cute selection of different emojis including both long & short haired curly girls.  This one is my favorite...

I can' think of a better representation of me and my curly hair!  When it's raining, an umbrella is a must!  You have to protect the curls!  I downloaded the Dove Love Your Curls emoji keyboard in the Apple App Store, but it's also available for Android in the Google Play store!

Download the Dove Love Your Curls Emojis in the App Store and Google Play Store to show you #LoveYourCurls!  Let me know when you try it out!  These emojis are too fun!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Dove Hair, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #LoveYourCurls #pmgdove

how I run an efficient online business

Thursday, November 12, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PutALabelOnIt #CollectiveBias

Running a business is hard work.  I work from 8am to almost midnight some days.  My day has to flow as efficiently as possible, or I'd never accomplish anything.  Today I'm going to share with you my tips and daily tasks that help me run the most efficient online business that I can.

While my business is based online, I'm actually a very analog person.  I need tangible lists, folders, invoices, and planners.  Can all of these things be housed digitally?  Sure they can, but that's not how I operate.  I need a physical daily to-do list that I can physically cross off.  I need physical file folders that I can put actual paper invoices and receipts into.  And it's no secret I keep a physical planner for organizing my life.

One of the most important tools for helping me stay not only organized in my business, but actually help me create perfect packaging for my orders is my DYMO LabelWriter® 450.  I purchased my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 with a value bundle pack at  This thermal printer has been a game changer for me and my business.  Be sure to go check back every week for Staples Daily Deals for special deals on your favorite DYMO LabelWriter® products including DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Bundle, LabelWriter® 450 Turbo, and LabelWriter® 4XL Turbo!  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 Turbo is great for printing USPS postage right from your computer with no monthly fee needed.  It prints at high speed and takes the LabelWriter® 450 to another level with printing up to 71 labels a minute.

I use the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 thermal printer to quickly make labels for my product packaging.  Talk about efficiency!  Etsy shops are known for their attention to detail with packaging.  Gone are the days of printing out full sheet labels on my inkjet printer.  That was costly due to the price of the labels and the ink.  Plus it can take forever when you're trying to print a lot of labels at a time.

On my packaging labels I put my shop name, my shop url, my blog url, my Instagram username, and my YouTube channel.  This puts my social media info directly into the hands of my customers and encourages them to follow me creating a better relationship between us.

One of my most productive tools I created was my folder system.  It's a form of the infamous 43 File Folder System.  This folder system is my life line.  If you're not familiar with the system I did a post about it in January, but I've since altered some of the ways I use it.  My etsy business is growing quickly and I have orders to make nearly every single day of the week.  With the help of my DYMO LabelWriter® 450 I was able to create new labels for my folder system.

I have 12 folders labeled January thru December.  Then I have 31 folders that are labeled 1 thru 31.  At the start of each business week I print out my order receipts from customers.  I then place them into the corresponding folder of the day of the week I will be making their orders.  Every single morning after I've completed my morning routine, I sit down with a cup of coffee and my folder for the day.  Today's folder is 12 since it's the 12th day of the month.  I also place reminders or written to-do lists into the daily folders.  This keeps me from inserting too many items into my planner and making it bulkier than it already is.

The DYMO LabelWriter® Value Bundle Pack comes with 4 different rolls of labels to get you started.  The thermal printer also comes with DYMO Label™ software which is incredibly user friendly.  I was able to whip up my label designs in no time.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 lets you print crystal clear bar codes, labels, and graphics with 600x300 dpi resolution.  You also have the option to create custom labels from 60+ label styles and layouts!  Being a thermal printer you eliminate the need for expensive ink or toner.  This is a huge plus for me.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 is primarily available online, however it's available in some stores so be sure to check the store locator.

I also utilize the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 to create coupon code labels to include in my packaging.  I can easily customize the coupon per order by printing one label specifically for a customer, or printing a bunch of labels for all customers.  This isn't a luxury you have with your inkjet printer and full sheet labels.

Coupon codes are a necessity to getting repeat business.  Show your customers that you're willing to go the extra mile and that you appreciate their business!  They will be more likely to repurchase from you.  This is a quick efficient way to promote yourself.

♥Have a daily routine:  This is vital!  If you start each day running around not knowing what you're doing next, you're setting yourself up for failure.
♥Plan and organize everything:  Chaos can ensue quickly in your office.  Make sure that everything has a home and it gets put back.  You can't operate efficiently if you can't find what you need to do your job.
♥Eat:  This may seem silly but you'd be surprised at how many people get so busy they forget to eat.  I was this way in the beginning.  I'd skip breakfast in a hurry to get my work day started.  Now I start each day with a balanced breakfast and schedule a lunch time for myself.  If you're hungry, you're not going to be at your best.
♥Know when to bring in help:  This is a struggle among most entrepreneurs.  We tend to take on the attitude of "I can do it all".  Well some times you just can't.  I recently had an incredibly large order with a very time sensitive deadline.  I told myself that I could do it all on my own.  I couldn't.  The final week I checked my pride at the door and enlisted help.
♥Sleep:  Due to my family's schedules, I don't get the recommended 8hrs of sleep a night.  It's just not feasible.  If you are able to, DO IT!  Being sluggish is the worst productivity killer of them all.  Since I am unable to get a normal full night of sleep, I take an afternoon nap every single day.  I wouldn't be able to get everything done if I didn't.
♥Batch work:  Have specific days of the week that you complete specific tasks.  For example: with all of my hats [blog, youtube, etsy, etc] I have a lot of tasks each week to complete.  So I spend one day taking photos & editing.  Then another day writing or filming.  I ship 2 days a week so that I'm not running to the post office daily.  If you tried to do a little of everything each day, you'll get a whole lot of nothing completed.
♥Create stations:  In my home office I have "stations" setup.  There's a section of the room that is devoted to making orders.  All of my supplies are in that section at that desk.  Then I have another section in my office setup for packaging.  And another section setup as a studio for filming and photography.  With everything always setup in its own section, I never have to drag stuff out or spend time putting stuff away. 

This is how I run my business efficiently and smoothly.  The DYMO LabelWriter® 450 has been a huge help in achieving this.  What is your business?  How can the DYMO LabelWriter® 450 help you run your business more efficiently?

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adorn your iPhone?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Yes you read that right... the days of Adorn Your Android are over.  I crossed over to the other side!  There were many decisions that went into my choice to abandon the Android interface and go with iPhone.  If you'd like me to go into that in another post, let me know in the comments and I'll be glad to do so!

I now have the iPhone 6s Plus in Gold.  Setup took me awhile to get figured out, it's a bit different than Android obviously.  I honestly haven't had a bunch of time to work on the layout since I purchased the phone several weeks ago.  I've been super duper busy hand making 4600 special order paper clips for The Planner Society subscription box!  My whole life for the last month and a half has been devoted to making these clips.  I'm finished and getting caught up on blogging & YouTube.

This is the lock screen wallpaper I chose for November.  I felt it was incredibly fitting for the month.  I took to Pinterest to find wallpapers for my new phone.  You can view my phone wallpaper board here.

This wallpaper was found on this blog but was apparently originally from Cuptakes.

I absolutely fell in love with this wallpaper.  It screams falls and I adore the wood panels.  I know I found this wallpaper by looking through images on Pinterest.  However, I didn't pin it, so I have NO idea where it is from.  I'm sorry...

Since I've been so incredibly busy, I haven't had time to really setup my folders and icons in a way that makes me happy.  This was the best I could muster up in the middle of the month of thousands of paper clip making haha.  I'm still in the phase of downloading apps that I had forgot I needed.  I promise next month's adorn your iPhone series installment will be better.  I just really felt guilty that I haven't been able to post much on here lately.

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